The Big Lug is in trouble
Friday, May 18, 2012
It’s the ninth inning, bases loaded, no outs, and the Big Lug (aka Curt Schilling
) is on the mound, trying to keep the dreams of his video game company alive.
The facts are few but very troubling. Schilling’s 38 Studios
earlier this month missed a payment deadline
on a $1.1 million annual fee owed the Economic Development Corp. of Rhode Island in connection with a $75 million loan the state guaranteed
to woo Schilling’s company away from Massachusetts.
The company sent state officials a check
on Thursday, but apparently it would have bounced so they gave it back. The former Red Sox
ace is asking Rhode Island officials for more time and money and the officials, themselves struggling with the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, are trying to figure out
whether to comply.
Given Schilling’s conservative political views
(“If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.”), it’s not surprising that he’s taking his lumps.
The Globe’s Brian McGrory calls
the Rhode Island officials “idiots” and Schilling a “hypocrite.” Globe
business columnist Steven Syre urges
Rhode Island officials not to turn a poor decision into a disaster by giving Schilling more money. Globe
sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy,
who in the past has often needled the former Red Sox pitcher, takes a somewhat muted, albeit “I told you so,
Schilling’s financial troubles, even though they are Rhode Island-based, will have an impact in Massachusetts. As CommonWealth reported
earlier this year, Massachusetts officials are eager to grow the state’s fledgling video game industry. Many, including Lt. Gov. Tim Murray
, have shown interest in offering video game developers the same lucrative tax credits that movie production companies receive. That seems unlikely now. --BRUCE MOHL BEACON HILLKeller@Large
sat down for a one-on-one with Gov. Deval Patrick
about the state’s business climate and the implementation of the federal Secure Communities
columnist Peter Lucas says Treasurer Steve Grossman’s
call for the executive director of the state Gaming Commission (a Patrick guy) to step down was the start of the 2014 gubernatorial race.
The Massachusetts House passes legislation abolishing the item pricing law
, the State House News Service reports
the state’s lobbyists by income
and their clients by spending.
The Massachusetts Senate passes a health care cost containment bill
by a margin of 35-2, WBUR reports
. The Senate also passes its “right-to-repair” bill
on a voice vote late last night. The measure now moves to the House.
Massachusetts sets up fake websites
to teach consumers a lesson, NECN reports
. MUNICIPAL MATTERS
The Salem News
, in an editorial
, applauds the city’s decision to post public art
on a parking garage wall, even if some people don’t like the piece.
WBUR tells the story
of how a community center
in Oak Square, in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, is rising from a Catholic school that was closed in a very negative way.
The City of Boston has filed a complaint
alleging the lawyer handling contract negotiations for the city’s firefighters
engaged in vulgar and rude behavior at the bargaining table.
A Quincy city councilor
is skewering the licensing board for not hitting a local bar with tougher penalties
following an assault on a police officer during a fight and a gun being fired in the neighborhood as the bar was closing recently. CASINOS
Taunton officials have reached an agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe
on a casino deal that pays the city $33 million up front and $13 million annually in mitigation and revenue payments. But the city might want to talk with Middleboro officials
before cashing the check. ELECTION 2012Dan Payne
on WBUR’s website asks
: Can Elizabeth Warren
get her mojo back?Scott Brown may regret
asking Karl Rove
to stay out of the Senate race.
Don’t underestimate Mitt Romney,
say his past Bay State
opponents, including Shannon O’Brien
who calls him “perhaps one of the most crafty and ruthless politicians in the country today.”
A new ad from the Romney campaign describes Mitt’s first day in the White House.
Hint: it would be a busy one. Meanwhile, Forbes
concludes that, if elected Romney would be the wealthiest president ever
. Romney defends
his time at Bain Capital
Back to the future: Why a plan to bring up President Obama’s
relationship with his former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
in the 2012 election campaign is a bad idea.
comes for Joe Ricketts
, the Cubs
co-owner who commissioned the Wright ad pitch. Florida scrubs
its voter rolls ahead of November’s election. Americans Elect won’t put
a nominee on its presidential ballot line. BUSINESS/ECONOMYAnother drop in the state’s unemployment rate
, which now stands at 6.3 percent. Whole Foods Market
’s decision to stop carrying Atlantic fish such as cod, haddock, and gray sole because they are “unsustainable” is angering local fishermen who are already on the ropes
Immigrants have lower incomes but are more likely to be working than native-born residents, according to a new study
by the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden.
The Wall Street Journal
provides an inside account
’s multi-billion dollar bad bet.
become the next TheGlobe.com? What? Exactly
teachers’ union has taken a no confidence vote
in the city’s superintendent. HEALTH CAREPaul Levy
says the Senate’
s approach to transparency and accountability in health care costs is still insufficient to force change and hopes the House puts some teeth into the process
for running a money-losing special route from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to Logan Airport while the agency is facing steep budget shortfalls. ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT
The US puts tariffs on Chinese solar panels
, Marketplace reports
(via WBUR).The Berkshire Eagle
touts Pittsfield’s move to the head of the solar energy class with a new project
destined for a former YMCA camp. CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Critics say a Supreme Judicial Court
ruling on drunken drivers creates a “get-out-of-jail-free” card for repeat offenders
New documents are released in the Trayvon Martin shooting case
in Florida that raise as many questions as answers, the Daily Beast reports
Boston leaders reflect on the 20th anniversary
of the melee at a funeral at a Mattapan church that helped set in motion the city’s response to gang violence in the 1990s. MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT
The Los Angeles Times reports
that it has received a $1 million grant to expand its coverage from the Ford Foundation
communications professor Donna Harper
has a requiem for WFNX
on the Media Nation
The last dance
for Dorchester-bred Donna Summer